30 April, 2012
The Bonhams auction at the RAF Museum Hendon in April again performed
strongly, with good prices being paid across the board for a wide variety of cars. Leading the pack was the 1957 Bentley S-Series Continental Sports Saloon. This well-presented car fresh from long term ownership attracted strong bidding in the room, eventually selling for £191,900. Representing the pinnacle of sporting Bentleys from an earlier era was the Vanden Plasbodied 1924 Bentley 3-litre Speed Model, which had been in the same family ownership for 35 years. This fine vintage car achieved a price of £163,900.
In many ways the most notable of the lots offered, the 1959 Austin Mini
Se7en, attracted feverish bidding before selling for £40,250 – proving once again, no matter the type of car, the value of originality above all else. This remarkable time-warp survivor was the eighth of its type produced, the third oldest survivor and the oldest un-restored example